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Nova Religio. 2019; 2245–12 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.5
Published: 01 May 2019
... pres- ent. This view is an anomaly as the predominant human perspective on the past beyond recent memory is one of mythic origins and events and entities larger than everyday human life. This distinction is at the heart of the success of alternatives to archaeology in comprehending the past as a place...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 22413–26 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.13
Published: 01 May 2019
... arguments that I had failed to comprehend fully the ways in which spiritual sources of knowledge were favored by members of the society. If anything, my conversation partner found a psychically dictated text more reliable than an ancient Vedic scripture. MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL LENSES A trend of anti...
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Nova Religio. 2018; 222115–136 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.22.2.115
Published: 01 November 2018
... world as Newsweek and Time magazines both featured covers that labeled the movement the Cult of Death. Each issue superimposed the title over an unforgettable image of Jonestown: Newsweek displayed the corpses 115 Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Volume 22, Issue 2...
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Nova Religio. 2018; 22240–64 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.22.2.40
Published: 01 November 2018
... Testament. Depending on one s definitions and goals, Peoples Temple appeared as a church, a cult or new religious movement, a political organization, or even a CIA experiment.1 The argument as to whether or not Peoples Temple was a new religious movement has ramifications for members of new religions as...
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Nova Religio. 2018; 22293–114 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.22.2.93
Published: 01 November 2018
...Susannah Crockford This article examines representations of Peoples Temple in popular culture through the lens of mimesis, understood as a process of repetition and re-creation of specific elements. This process produces what is understood as a “cult” in popular culture, which is divorced from the...
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Nova Religio. 2018; 21438–62 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.21.4.38
Published: 01 May 2018
... well-established professors in fields as varied as history, economics, theology, political philosophy, and ter- rorism studies.49 A particularly clear repetition of myth is from a book by a sociologist of religion who is well-known in new religions studies: Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New...
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Nova Religio. 2018; 21463–87 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2018.21.4.63
Published: 01 May 2018
... for one person to inhabit simultaneously two religious philosophies or communities, there one can speak of two distinct religions. But, Griffiths goes on to assert, this neat formal statement is entirely inadequate to the task of comprehend- ing the full nature of religious diversity: the data are...
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Nova Religio. 2016; 20282–96 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2016.20.2.82
Published: 01 November 2016
... paradigm new religions studies new religious movements Joel Best Stuart A. Wright Susan J. Palmer Storming Zion Benjamin E. Zeller Heaven’s Gate Douglas E. Cowan David G. Bromley Cults and New Religions Lorne L. Dawson Comprehending Cults Hugh Urban New Age Neopagan New...
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Nova Religio. 2017; 203101–116 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2017.20.3.101
Published: 01 February 2017
.... Faith Church s belief in Word of Faith theology has put it on the list of suspect groups published by the Centers for Apologetics Research, an international consortium of counter-cult ministries. This prosperity theology however, holds special appeal in Hungary, where society is still adjusting to a...
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Nova Religio. 2016; 19414–32 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2016.19.4.14
Published: 01 May 2016
... certain new religions of the time concerning great artists as mystics or esotericists, and tendencies in pictorial art to frame figures of eternal female evil in (inverted) religious imagery. PAINTING AND MAGIC IN THE CULT OF LEONARDO The cult of Leonardo, as it has been called, began among the edu- cated...
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Nova Religio. 2016; 193117–118 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2016.19.3.117
Published: 01 February 2016
... providential uprising since it ostensibly produced a harvest of new converts. However, many Indians may have simply acknowledged the Christian God as a stronger power than their native deities without fully comprehending or embracing Christianity. Matthew Harper shows how African American millennialism...
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Nova Religio. 2016; 193118–120 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2016.19.3.118
Published: 01 February 2016
...Dawn L. Hutchinson © 2016 by The Regents of the University of California 2016 Sects and Stats: Overcoming the Conventional Wisdom about Cult Members . By James R. Lewis . Equinox Publishing, Ltd ., 2014 . 209 pages. $99.95 cloth; $29.95 paper. social reform, ultimately moderated...
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Nova Religio. 2014; 1825–27 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2014.18.2.5
Published: 01 November 2014
...-engaged prophet figure and developing a cult a group devoted to the veneration of this socially reconstructed figure. This article is devoted to a historical study of, to coin a term, Latter Day Saint Josephology.8 As we could speak of Christology and Mariology as they function in various Christian...
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Nova Religio. 2013; 17189–98 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2013.17.1.89
Published: 01 August 2013
..., 1967). 2 For a useful overview of Berger s secularization theory and its place more broadly in the study of new religions, see Lorne L. Dawson, Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), 15 25. 3 Dawson, Comprehending Cults, 20. 4 Primary...
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Nova Religio. 2012; 16247–63 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2012.16.2.47
Published: 01 November 2012
... twentieth century involving new religious movements (often called “cults”) and individuals actually or allegedly involved in Satanism. This negatively biased information processing presumably carried over into the legal system. One important example involved judges and jurors charged with determining guilt...
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Nova Religio. 2012; 1624–28 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2012.16.2.4
Published: 01 November 2012
..., the cult s greatest vitality and growth is in rural areas, which may explain why he is less accessible to journalists and re- searchers, whomost frequently are drawn to urban religious phenomena. I use the term cult from the Spanish culto, devotion or worship. The Spanish term encompasses the...
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Nova Religio. 2012; 16136–60 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2012.16.1.36
Published: 01 August 2012
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Nova Religio. 2012; 15436–59 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2012.15.4.36
Published: 01 May 2012
... has emerged out of this particular historical and political context is more adequately comprehended as a dialogical category resulting from the interaction between actors with different origins, discourses, and inter- ests, and not as a historically and politically disembedded philosophy, logic, or...
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Nova Religio. 2010; 13461–83 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2010.13.4.61
Published: 01 May 2010
... investigations by sociologists of religion of client cults, although Scientology, which developed from a psychotherapeutic organization (Dianetics) to an organization with more obvious religious components, has been the subject of study, notably by Roy Wallis.2 In this article we examine the processes and...
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Nova Religio. 2008; 11383–103 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2008.11.3.83
Published: 01 February 2008
..., Perspective: Toward a Definition of New Religion Nova Religio 8, no. 1 (July 2004): 73 87; John A. Saliba, Understanding New Religious Movements (Walnut Creek, Calif.: Altamira Press, 2003), 1 24. 3 Lorne L. Dawson, Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements (Toronto: Oxford University...